WineChannelTV, New Zealand Complexity Winery Villa Maria and Sir George !
Rockstar Pink recently tweeted that she’s a fan of New Zealand’s Villa Maria Winery, and when I heard Sir George of Villa Maria was going to be at the New Zealand’s Complexity Wine Event in Denver I had to meet with him to see what the hype was all about!
Villa Maria’s Auckland winery is located in Ihumatao(Auckland) and was founded by Sir George V. Fistonich. The warm coastal climate here means the winery doesn’t experience extreme temperature, and is combined with volcanic soils producing wines of remarkable quality, including their award-winning Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Verdelho. The winery is actually located right inside the crater of a 20,000 year-old extinct volcano!
The state of the art winery is known for not only its wine, but its concerts, including artists such as Diana Krall and the B-52’s.
I sampled some of their wines during my time in Denver, and their Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008 had lingering cherry, black fruit and gentle spice notes that made it a winner.
Watch WineChannelTV with Sir George at the event, it was pretty loud, but I still managed to get some great facts from one of New Zealand’s wine leaders!